Get an insider's look at the massive threats facing West Coast small-boat fishermen in Nancy Danielson Mendenhall's fascinating new book, Rough Waters.
Sweeping ecological changes, weak management, and pushback from industrial fishing are all conspiring to gradually undermine the ability of small-scale commercial fishermen to make a living. As a result, fishing families and towns-and those businesses that rely on them-are struggling to stay afloat.
Mendenhall delves into the root causes and effects of the industry's problems through stories, photos, in-depth interviews with those most affected, and analysis from biologists and social researchers.
The book presents the issue in two parts, first analyzing the state-managed fisheries on the West Coast and then looking at federally managed fisheries. Mendenhall goes on to compare the industry in the United States with those in other parts of the world and then examines the destruction wrought by the new strategy of "catch share" management.
As more national environmental groups take interest in the plight of small-boat fishermen, hope that the industry can be saved has been rekindled. But as Rough Waters reveals, the battle to preserve this unique livelihood won't stop any time soon.
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About the Author
Nancy Danielson Mendenhall has worked ten years in commercial fishing and for the last thirty years subsistence salmon fishing with family off the coast of western Alaska.
Coming from many generations of small boat commercial fishermen in Norway, Mendenhall wrote Rough Waters as a reflection of the new realities facing those in salmon, crab, halibut, and herring fishing.
She has also worked as a teacher and administrator for the University of Alaska, and her previous publications include two social histories and miscellaneous poetry.
Table of Contents
Part I The Salmon Feast 1
Chapter 1 Targeting Small Fishermen 5
Chapter 2 An Inupiaq Subsistence Camp: 1950s-1960s 15
Chapter 3 A Salmon Trailer's Start 24
Chapter 4 Canning Alaska 32
Chapter 5 Ekuk: A Cannery Village 42
Chapter 6 Fishing Families: Kotzebue Sound, Norton Sound, Kachemak Bay 49
Chapter 7 Northwest Trolling: Everyman's Grounds 62
Chapter 8 More of Fishing with Families 71
Chapter 9 Limiting the Fleets 81
Chapter 10 Good Times and Grim for the Northwest 92
Chapter 11 Rights to Salmon: Indian Treaties 105
Chapter 12 More Rights to Salmon: Canadians v. US Fleets 117
Chapter 13 Saving Salmon; Sinking Fleets 130
Chapter 14 River Blindness: From the Yukon to the Sacramento 146
Chapter 15 The Beacon Bright 159
Chapter 16 And More Rights to Salmon: Sport Fishing 175
Chapter 17 Subsistence These Days 183
Chapter 18 Fish Feed Lots 191
Part I Photos 201
Part II Our Federal Small-Boat Fleets and Their Lost Commons 215
Chapter 19 A Far North Fishery: Nome King Crabbing 219
Chapter 20 The Golden Egg: Herring Roe 230
Chapter 21 Sea Changes: The Magnuson Act 239
Chapter 22 The Regional Fisheries Councils Retool Their Fleets… 252
Chapter 23 New England Fishing Lessons 263
Chapter 24 Models for Fisheries: Iceland, New Zealand, Canada… 272
Chapter 25 American Fisheries Act and the Community Development Quota 284
Chapter 26 Launching Small Fisheries: Norton Sound 298
Chapter 27 From Skiffs to Small Boats 307
Chapter 28 Privatizing Halibut: The North Pacific Council's Showpiece 314
Chapter 29 Small Crabber Outrage 331
Chapter 30 Groundfishermen's Turn: Gulf of Alaska Rockfish and Cod 348
Chapter 31 CDQ Forecast: Clear, Patches of Fog 362
Chapter 32 Bycatch Tangles 371
Chapter 33 New England's Bitter Stew 379
Chapter 34 The Pacific Council Climbs Aboard 395
Chapter 35 Fish Management and its Discontents 404
Chapter 36 Rough Waters: Fishermen and Choices 421
Part II Our Federal Small-Boat Fleets Photos 431
Acronyms Used 443
A A Bare Chronology of Fishery Management Events (incomplete, mainly west coast) 445
B MSA 2006, A Summary of Revised National Standards 450
Sources Used 451
Photo Credits 467
About the Author 485